Scholarships I received
- Century Need Based Scholarship,
- Presidential Scholarship,
- Vocal Music Activity Scholarship
Concept that Blew My Mind
Dordt's community is incredibly supportive of one another especially in times of suffering and death.
Cool things I did at Dordt
I participated in the swing dancing club, it's pretty fun and a decent way to meet new people from other majors that you might not see otherwise (despite Dordt being a relatively small school). During the school year, I participated in Chorale and then the Canons of Dordt, which was fantastic fun to sing some barbershoppy tunes.
Obstacles I’ve overcome
Depression and anxiety. Fear of success and comfort in failure.
Who I was when I came to Dordt
Unsure of myself and unprepared for the rigors of studying engineering. I wasn't too engaged with student activities beyond the week of welcome. My dorm room was a haven to escape to, so I didn't get out much, although I made some great friends along the way somehow and still connect with them regularly. I visited one a week ago down in Missouri, which was a blessing to reconnect with him.
How Dordt Impacted me
Definitely, I've enjoyed the community at Dordt and so even by taking a couple years off to work, I knew I wanted to return at some point to get a degree in an area that had an overlap of designing and building. That happened to be the 2-year manufacturing degree, I had many opportunities to work with different companies and clubs throughout the couple years in addition to my classes. The internships with Rosenboom, Link and Coilcraft that I had helped me understand the workplace better and challenged me to think more about how my faith could shape my interactions with co-workers.
Where I am now
I'm currently waffling between returning to Dordt for a business admin: management degree for an additional two years or continuing to work at Select Painting into this fall/winter. If I decide to continue working I'll likely look at applying at Raven Industries, Coilcraft, Link or Rosenboom or a different local manufacturing company.
What Would you tell prospective students
Get involved in as many cross-discipline and cross-cultural groups and clubs as you can without putting a strain on your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Okay so that was one thing, but here's a few more tips: busyness is key to staying on track, but don't overextend yourself. Don't compare yourself and your activity level to your peers. Organization will help you out long-term, so set aside 15 minutes a day to tidying up your workspace. Balance is tough in life and perhaps especially during college or university, it's easy to pour yourself into one or two activities and forget the rest.
How Dordt has helped you Do More
Dordt has helped me grow in confidence and in leadership. My experiences through PLIA as a student member and as a student leader have shaped me to consider leadership in other places of my life. Specifically CORE 258 (Leading and Serving Others) with Professor Randy Feenstra along with MFG 251 (Production Management and Lean Systems) with Professor Van Meeteren were instrumental in building my understanding of servant leadership.